Missouri Considers Deregulating Cosmetologists, PBA Responds

By Anne Moratto | 02/27/2014 10:03:00 AM


The State of Missouri is considering a bill (HB1891) that would deregulate cosmetologists and barbers in the state by repealing the laws governing barbers, including professional licensing boards and all licenses. The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) strongly opposes these actions and encourages beauty professionals within Missouri and across the nation to voice their opposition. This bill, if passed will do the following:

• Allow a person to engage in the occupation of cosmetology or operate an establishment or school of cosmetology without a license.

• Provide that every establishment in which the occupation of cosmetology is practiced may obtain a license from the board.

• Make every licensed establishment pay to the board an establishment fee for the first three licensed cosmetologists esthetician or manicurists, or apprentices and an additional fee for each additional licensee.

• Provide that an instructor trainee may, but not be required to, be a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician or manicurist or hold a license as an instructor trainee in cosmetology, esthetics or manicuring.

This bill has a detrimental health, safety and fiscal impact by killing a huge part of cosmetology schools and putting local distributors in the state out of business. The passage of this bill risks severely damaging the professionalism of the industry as well as the safety of consumers.

 Licensing and regulation of cosmetologists and barbers ensure proper training and protect the health and safety of consumers. Ensuring core knowledge and competency in areas such as bacteriology, sanitation, anatomy, chemistry and health is absolutely necessary to maintain confidence in the profession and safety for the consumer.

 In part due to PBA's Government Advocacy efforts, similar legislation in Indiana was also defeated. PBA is asking the professional beauty industry, regardless of residency, to speak out now. Here's how to help:

 Email the following committee members. A pre-populated form is also available online for HB1891 here.

• HB1891 Primary Sponsor: RepresentativeNick Marshall, Nick.Marshall@house.mo.gov

• HB1891 Primary Sponsor: Representative Ronald Schieber, Ronald.Schieber@house.mo.gov

To learn more about PBA's government advocacy efforts or volunteer, visit probeauty.org/advocacy.  See what is happening in your state and get involved by reviewing the resources and legislative threat alerts on MODERN SALON here .








Anne Moratto’s well-rounded beauty career includes years in beauty public relations, beauty marketing, beauty manufacturing, and now, with MODERN SALON, in beauty publishing. The through-line has been an intense interest in all things beauty and a sincere appreciation for the skilled artists and entrepreneurs who make the industry so vital, compelling and creative. Anne, a native of Wisconsin, lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA, and is MODERN SALON’s West Coast Beauty and Special Markets Editor. She can be reached at amoratto@vancepublishing.com


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Kansas  |  February, 27, 2014 at 05:24 PM

Where is the pre-populated form to send to these congressman? Thank you!

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